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In the last three years overall crime has fallen by 30 per cent on the buses (fall of 10,595 crimes) and by 20 per cent on the Tube (fall of 3,305 crimes). During the same period violent crime on the buses fell by 19 per cent and by 15 per cent on the Tube and the Croydon Tramlink.


The figures were revealed as the Mayor joined uniformed officers from the Met and the British Transport Police (BTP) at Finsbury Park to herald the extra resources he is putting in to build on the success of the last three years. In his proposed budget last week, the Mayor announced plans for 413 extra warranted officers on public transport as part of an additional £42m funding for policing.

In the last year, crime across public transport fell by 4 per cent. Bus-related crime was cut by 2.4 per cent and offences on the Underground dropped by 6.7 per cent.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

 ‘London is one of the safest capitals in the world but we can always do more to ensure people can travel feeling safe and secure. I'm encouraged by these figures but we cannot be complacent. I salute the safer transport teams and the British Transport Police for their hard work.’

The Mayor also today launched The Right Direction – his strategy for improving safety and security on public transport until 2013.  It sets out the Mayor’s priorities and focuses on vulnerable groups such as young people, women and older people.   The strategy contains a number of priorities to tackle crime and fear of crime on the transport system, including reducing theft and anti-social behaviour and increasing the confidence of older people when travelling in London.

Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has increased investment in transport safety.  Achievements include delivering Safer Transport Teams in all London Boroughs, providing 400 more MPS officers to help staff 32 hub teams at strategic locations, doubling the number of cab enforcement officers in London, creating a cycle task force of 32 officers, providing 50 more British Transport Police officers and banning alcohol on public transport.

Steve Burton, Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing at Transport for London, said:

The latest figures demonstrate the excellent work done by our policing partners on and around the transport network.

‘TfL will continue to work in partnership with the Mayor, the Metropolitan Police and the BTP to ensure that the transport network in London remains a low crime environment.’

Commander Simon Bray, Westminster, said:

 ‘The Safer Transport Command is working together with Transport for London and British Transport Police to keep London moving safely.

‘These outstanding figures demonstrate the effectiveness of our patrols and operations and their impact in disrupting criminal activity on public transport.’

During his visit to north London, Boris Johnson met with officers from the British Transport Police (BTP) and the Metropolitan Police who were providing crime prevention advice to travellers passing through the interchange and carrying out enforcement activity with Revenue Protection Officers. A cycling safety enforcement operation also took place in the surrounding area.  Finsbury Park station is one of London’s strategic transport hubs where there is enhanced joint working between BTP and the MPS.

Source:© London Mayor

Written by Scott Buckler
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:12

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